Recently, Zach Braff used the fundraising website, Kickstarter, to ask for donations so that he could make a sequel to Garden State sans big movie studio. Personally, my feelings on this matter–while completely irrelevant–can best be summed up with the following emoticon: :-/
I’m so conflicted (in case the emoticon didn’t sufficiently express this)! While I can usually always get behind fighting “the man” and I can only assume that writers are usually at the bottom of the creative food chain when it comes to making movies (I’m not a real writer so I can’t say for sure). And that sucks. But you know what else is kinda sucky? Asking for money from fans when you probably have a ton of it, at least compared to the people you’re asking to donate to your cause.
I like Zach Braff. I think he’s funny, his Twitter account is always entertaining, and I’ve enjoyed most of his creative work. I am a genuine fan. But let me ask this: Do we really need a sequel to Garden State? Okay, let me rephrase: Do we really need a sequel to Garden State so badly that we need to ask regular Joes for money to make it? Haven’t we kind of exhausted the Natalie Portman Manic Pixie Dream Girl character by now? I’m pretty sure that since it’s a sequel to Garden State there will have to be a Manic Pixie Dream Girl in it, because indies.
Going against major movie studios is definitely something I can both understand and get behind. I just think that maybe if he wanted to make this movie so badly, he could have maybe just paid for it entirely on his own or with some rich-celeb-friend help instead. If I think it looks good enough to spend $10 to see it, then consider my movie theater ticket contribution enough. Then again, what do I know? I sold out to the corporate man a long time ago, because bills and food.
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